- 2023 Franchise 500 Rank
#487 Ranked #339 last year
- Initial investment
$371K - $1.2M
- Units as of 2022
137 6% over 3 years
In 2003, father and son duo Alan and Chuck Bush bought Fuzzy's Taco Shop in Fort Worth, Texas. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop specializes in tantalizing Baja-style Mexican cuisine, including tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadillas, grilled sandwiches, salads and breakfast dishes. By 2009, the restaurateurs saw an opportunity for national expansion and began franchising.
From its humble beginnings, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop grew into a nationally recognized brand offering customers tasty breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. With locations in states across the U.S., Fuzzy's Taco Shop is a notable restaurant brand that is trying to make "taco heaven" a reality.
Why You May Want to Start a Fuzzy's Taco Shop Franchise
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop promotes independence among franchisees. The company expects all franchisees to maintain and uphold the brand's image. However, franchisees may tailor their shops to fit their local communities. This gives each shop a unique character.
Being one-of-a-kind and yet grounded in branding reflects the brand's overall attitude: "business in the back and party in the front." An ideal candidate is an individual who appreciates good food, quality service, and growth, all in a colorful and "chilled-out" environment.
As a franchisee, you may find satisfaction seeing customers enjoy their meal on the patio with their kids coloring at the table. By running a Fuzzy's Taco Shop franchise, you may add joy, a sense of togetherness, and flavor to your community.
What Might Make Fuzzy's Taco Shop a Good Choice?
Mexican-inspired fast-casual restaurants are becoming increasingly popular across the U.S. Customers are seeking higher quality and healthier food options than those sold by fast-food restaurants. Being a Fuzzy's Taco Shop franchisee may be a great opportunity to tap into this market shift. Fuzzy's Taco Shop offers menu items that a franchisee might expect from Mexican fast-casual dining, while also including the option for frozen margaritas.
Franchisees may benefit from exclusive territory rights and the opportunity to create original menu items. Called "Manager Specials," franchisees must use Fuzzy TacoShop-approved ingredients and go through an approval process to add their creation to the menu.
Between a uniquely tailored shop design and the ability to experiment beyond the brand's menu, franchisees may turn their franchise into something that fits their unique tastes and personality.
How Do You Open a Fuzzy's Taco Shop Franchise?
To open a Fuzzy's Taco Shop franchise, make sure you take time to explore the opportunity. Research the business and your local area to see if a franchise would do well in your community. You must choose your location, but Fuzzy's Taco Shop will assist.
Since your contract lasts ten years, take time to assess your passion for being in the restaurant industry. This especially holds importance if you have no prior restaurant experience. You may find owning a restaurant to be more rigorous than you initially thought. Take the opportunity to speak with other franchisees and learn about their experiences.
If Fuzzy's Taco Shop approves of you as a franchisee, you will undergo training. Training includes a few dozen hours of classroom training, over 200 hours of on-the-job training, and additional training held at company-owned stores. Soon enough, you'll be able to create your slice of "taco heaven" in a store that is as chill as its margaritas.
About Fuzzy's Taco Shop
- Franchising Since
- 2009 (2023-2009 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is offering new franchisees throughout the US.
- # of Units
- 137 (as of 2022)
Information for Franchisees
Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a Fuzzy's Taco Shop franchise.
Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees
Here's what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.
- Initial Franchise Fee
- $30,000 - $40,000
Definition: The initial fee paid to a franchisor to join their system
What you need to know: Found in Item 5 of the FDD, this may be a flat fee, or may vary based on territory size, experience, or other factors.The franchise fee is an up-front (one-time) cost that a new franchisee pays to the franchisor. This fee is usually due at the signing of the franchise agreement and covers the right to use the franchisor's trademarks, name, and related business systems.
- Initial Investment
- $370,500 - $1,224,600
Definition: The total amount necessary to begin operation of the franchise
What you need to know: The initial investment includes the franchise fee, along with other startup expenses such as real estate, equipment, supplies, business licenses, and working capital. This is outlined in a chart in Item 7 of the FDD, showing a range of possible costs from low to high.
- Net Worth Requirement
- $300,000 - $500,000
Definition: The minimum net worth you must have in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company
What you need to know: Net worth is the value of a person's assets minus liabilities. Assets include cash, stocks, retirement accounts, and real estate. Liabilities include items like mortgages, car payments, and credit card debt.
- Cash Requirement
- $150,000 - $300,000
Definition: The minimum liquid capital you must have available in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company.
- Veteran Incentives
- $5,000 off franchise fee
Definition: A discount or other incentive offered to military veterans who buy a franchise with this company.
- Royalty Fee
Definition: A ongoing fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis.
What you need to know: Most franchisors require franchisees to pay an ongoing royalty fee, which is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD. This fee is typically a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales, but may also be a flat weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Ad Royalty Fee
Definition: An going fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis to support advertising or marketing efforts.
What you need to know: This may also be called advertising fee, marketing fee, brand fund fee, and more, but the basic purpose is the same-- to support promotion of the brand systemwide. As with the royalty fee, it is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD, and can be a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales or a weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Term of Agreement
- 10 years
Definition: The length of time your franchise agreement will last.
What you need to know: Franchise terms are typically anywhere from 5 to 20 years in length, but are sometimes instead dependent on factors such as the term of your lease. Once your term is up, you may have the option to renew your agreement, typically for a smaller fee than the original franchise fee.
- Is franchise term renewable?
Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.
- Third Party Financing
- Fuzzy's Taco Shop has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll
Training & Support Offered
Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.
- On-The-Job Training
- 188 hours
- Classroom Training
- 12 hours
- Ongoing Support
NewsletterMeetings & ConventionsToll-Free LineGrand OpeningOnline SupportSecurity & Safety ProceduresField OperationsSite SelectionProprietary SoftwareFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Ad TemplatesNational MediaRegional AdvertisingSocial MediaSEOWebsite DevelopmentEmail MarketingLoyalty Program/App
Additional details about running this franchise.
- Is absentee ownership allowed?
- Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Definition: The business can be run from your home and/or a vehicle, and it is not necessary to have a retail facility, office space, or warehouse.
- Can this franchise be run part time?
Definition: This business can be run by the owner on a part-time basis (less than 40 hours per week) and/or as a side business; it is not necessary for the business to be open/run full-time.
- # of employees required to run
- Are exclusive territories available?
Definition: An exclusive territory is a fixed area in which you are given the right to operate and in which no other units of the same franchise may be opened.
What you need to know: Territory size may be based on factors such as radius, population size, zip codes, and more. Details can be found in Item 12 of the FDD.
Interested in ownership opportunities like Fuzzy's Taco Shop? Request a free consultation with a Franchise Advisor now.
Franchise 500 Ranking History
Compare where Fuzzy's Taco Shop landed on this year's Franchise 500 Ranking versus previous years.
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Ranked #487 in 2023
Entrepreneur’s 44th annual Franchise 500® ranking shines a light on the unique challenges and changes that have shaped the franchise industry over the last year—and how franchisors have adapted and evolved to meet them.
Ranked #7 in Mexican Food in 2022
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